This course is a survey of the political, religious and social history of the Western World from the period of the Renaissance through time to the Post-Cold War present. 

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to major issues, institutions and events which have defined society in the Western World, beginning in the sixteenth century with the voyages of exploration and the Reformation and proceeding through changes brought on by revolution, technological and ideological development to form the Post Cold War present.  Beyond this informational introduction, the course seeks to promote the "skills of the historian," which involve critical thinking and communication.  The assignments of the course are directed toward the promotion and evaluation of these objectives.


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